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Trying to clean up orphan VMDK files -- simple, but new VMware user

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The name of the virtual machines in Infrastructure have changed many times, and we're running out of space on our SAN.  I need to figure out which folder/vmdk files go with which virtual machine.  Is there some config window in VIC that will allow me to click on a VM and see which files/folders are associated with it?  Certainly don't want to delete files associated with a production VM!!

Thanks.
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by:Michael Ian Claridge
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Hey,

What VMware client are you using?

Cheers

Michael
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by:LB1234
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ESX 3.5
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by:Michael Ian Claridge
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Hey,

Well i haven't even used esx yet (but really really should) but i think there will still be ".vmx" files within your datasource, its no an easy process to the best of my knowledge but within these vmx files will have a trail of all the VM components, you could use this as a process of elimination.
How many VM's do you have?

Cheers

Michael
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Once you login to the ESX Host using VI Client, on the Summary Page and click on the Datastore Tab.

Under this, you would find the Storage Repository.
Right click on the Storage Repository and click Browse Datastore

This would open the VMFS Partition in a new window, cross check your Virtual Machine Configuration and files accordingly.
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ryder0707 earned 1400 total points
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Lets make this easier for you, see my screnshot below

A: vm config file location
B: vm related files will be in this folder


vmprop.jpg
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